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The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation manages 14% of the land in New York City. These assets range from playgrounds and large parks, to tranquil wooded areas and over 14 miles of beaches. Parks serve as New Yorkers’ backyards, as vital meeting areas for outdoor play and recreation —and as critical engines for economic growth and development.

The Freshkills Park Team at NYC Parks is working to transform the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill on the Arthur Kill waterfront of Staten Island into a new public park over the next 25 years. The ongoing development of Freshkills Park is one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City, using state of the art ecological restoration techniques in an extraordinary setting for recreation, public art, and environmental education. As park sections are built incrementally, the Parks Department manages state grants for capital construction and the Freshkills Park Alliance raises supplementary funds for public programming and special interim projects. In anticipation of the first interior section opening in the year 2020, the Freshkills Park Alliance is organized around capacity building and this is a fertile opportunity for interns to support realizing those goals.

The Parks Department seeks talented and qualified interns with interests in parks and the urban environment to work with the Park’s small staff in our lower Manhattan headquarters and while on site visits. The part-time internship offers an opportunity to understand the inner workings of Park programming and resource development to support exciting new initiatives including public art and scientific research at this unique site. We offer competent supervision, a supportive work environment, and interaction with core staff from different disciplines.

Freshkills Park is looking for a Development InternPublic Art Program InternEnvironmental Monitoring Intern, and Communications Intern to join the staff at the project’s lower Manhattan headquarters this summer.

Expected Duration: three month term, dates flexible
Hours: 14-21 hours per week (schedule by arrangement)
Salary: Unpaid; travel reimbursement; school credit depending on school requirement
Please send cover letter and resume to: shane.gardiner@parks.nyc.gov

Development Internship

The Freshkills Park Development Intern will gain experience with research and fundraising and have the chance to support exciting new initiatives including public art and scientific research at this unique site.

In addition, the Development Intern will gain skills in:

  • Messaging strategy
  • Prospect research
  • Grant writing
  • Funding databases

Graduate students preferred but qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior staff to cultivate new sources of program support including grants and sponsorship opportunities
  • Pitch and develop stories for blog and social media posts
  • Assist assembly of materials for planning meetings
  • Attend team meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Assist with grants database maintenance, package projects for grant proposals, prospect research to identify new opportunities

Qualifications/Special Skills/Areas of Interest:

  • Knowledge of and interest in topics in art, natural sciences, environmental science, and/or waste & recycling
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience writing for web desirable
  • Diligent research capability and detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with grant writing and non-profit fundraising, community relations and communications strategy helpful
  • Graphic design skills, experience with Adobe Suite and web publishing desirable

Public Art Program Internship

The Freshkills Park Development Team is looking for a Public Art Program Intern to support foundational elements of the growing art program in order to integrate artists in park development over the next 25 years. The Public Art Program Intern will have a hands-on role in planning and implementation: organizing a working group, creating a new gallery space, developing an artist registry; while soliciting proposals, assisting with production, and collaborating with partners.

Responsibilities:

  • Support art program development with original research on practitioners and topics spanning urban studies, art, architecture, design and ecology
  • Research and compile dossiers on visual artists, dancers, writers, scholars, musicians, architects, curators, collectives, institutes, residency programs, advocates and educators
  • Attend site visits for art project and program development
  • Attend team meetings, arts working group meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Contribute to the research and creation of original content across social media including a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Complete general administrative work as needed

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, environmental art and social practice artists
  • Strong writing and communication skills; editorial experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Graphic design skills, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Knowledgeable and active on social media platforms
  • Familiarity and ease with A/V (particularly photography and film) and digital media preferred
  • An ability to work independently as well as flexibly in a team environment

Environmental Monitoring Internship

The Environmental Monitoring internship will offer a unique research opportunity to scientists-in-training to actively assist with scientific studies in the grasslands, creeks, and wetlands of Freshkills Park. The Freshkills Park office has a variety of data collected for the purpose of monitoring the ecological restoration on site. The Environmental Monitoring intern will be responsible for compiling reports from these data to make overall claims about the changes taking place, and to support other scientific studies at the Park.

In addition to analysis of collected monitoring data, the intern will also be responsible for collecting data for a comparative grassland habitat study, and monitoring the ongoing ecological restoration project at the North Park Wetlands. These projects call for collecting data, developing progress reports, and later applying this experience and critical thinking to incorporate relevant information with our outreach and educational programming.

Responsibilities:

  • Collect and analyze data examining habitat composition at two grassland sites. Assist with recommendations for habitat management strategies based on these data
  • Monitor the restoration progress at the North Park Wetlands pilot project and compile final report with new data and analysis
  • Assist with fish monitoring program and water monitoring programs
  • Contribute to the Freshkills Park Blog
  • Opportunities to attend team meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • General administrative work as needed

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Self-determination and willingness to work outdoors
  • Knowledge of and interest in topics in natural sciences, botany, environmental science, waste & recycling
  • Familiarity with field data collection preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor activities – hiking, kayaking, etc. – preferred

Communications Internship

The Freshkills Park Communications Intern will support the Freshkills Park project by developing print and digital materials that educate and inform the public. This internship offers an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of Park programming and outreach and support exciting new initiatives including public art and scientific research at this unique site.

Interns will gain experience in developing written and visual content, assisting with messaging and public engagement initiatives, working with staff to implement communications strategies, and general office procedures (filing, data entry, answering phones, etc.)

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with digital newsletter.
  • Assist with implementation of social media plan by developing content and coordinating social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Assist with coordination of Freshkills Park promotion calendar.
  • Track print and digital press mentions.
  • Help maintain digital files of photos, videos, and text content.
  • Assist with media cultivation and story placements.
  • Provide support for special communications projects.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and web publishing
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment
  • Knowledge of and interest in topics in art, natural sciences, environmental science, waste & recycling helpful

 

 

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